Achatz’ and Beran’s NEXT will accommodate gluten-free diets with Thai menu

by Carol Blymire on July 7, 2011

in Restaurants

Reading this menu brings on the happy tears.  I can practically smell every single one of these dishes through my laptop screen, can’t you?  AAAaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh……

It’s no secret I’m a big fan of Chef Grant Achatz, Chef Dave Beran, and the entire Alinea team.  I’ve eaten at Alinea a number of times: once, before I was diagnosed, and a few times since I’ve had celiac.  And, you know what?  Their accommodations go above and beyond the call of duty, and the care they put into making people who can’t eat gluten feel normal should be a benchmark for everyone in the industry.


I was sad that I couldn’t eat at Grant’s new venture, Next, when they first opened with their Paris 1906 menu, because gluten was not one of the things they could work around.  Totally understandable, and I get it.  But I had my fingers crossed tighter than a virgin’s legs when they started developing their Tour of Thailand menu because Thai food, by and large, doesn’t have a lot of gluten in it, so I was hoping they’d be able to work around it.


And, lo and behold, this paragraph appeared in the FAQ on the restaurant’s website a few days ago:
Known and limited food allergies will be accommodated as specified. Personal preferences and dislikes will not. For Tour of Thailand we can accommodate the following allergies when noted at the time of ticket purchase… and only if purchased directly from Next: Gluten Free; No Dairy; No Red Meat. All other allergies including nuts, shellfish, and seafood CANNOT be accommodated with this menu.


BOOM.  I am so there.


You can “Like” Next on Facebook to find out when they’ll be releasing tickets for sale.


Hope to see you there!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Chris July 8, 2011 at 10:46 am

I would like to go to there. That menu sounds, uh, amazing. Totally jonesing for Thai flavors since moving to CT, which seems to have zero good Thai restaurants.


2 Heather July 14, 2011 at 11:23 am

Carol, did you wrangle a ticket? What a competitive process!


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